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Scholarly Interest Report
         
Francisco Vargas Arreola
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
 
e-mail:fvargas@rice.edu
 
  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering (2009) Rice University, Houston, TX
 
Primary Department
   Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
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Websites
 Vargas Lab
 Vargas Research Group
 
Research Areas
 Thermodynamics of complex systems at high temperature and pressures, Petroleum Flow Assurance
 
Teaching Areas
 Chemical Engineering Fundamentals
Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
Process Simulation
Numerical Methods
Petroleum Phase Behavior & Flow Assurance
 
Selected Publications
 Refereed articles
 

F.M. Vargas "Simple Method to Calculate the Temperature Dependence of the Gibbs Free Energy and Chemical Equilibrium Constants." Journal of Chemical Education, 91 (2014) : 396-401.

 
 

Mohammad Tavakkoli, Marty R Grimes, Xiaoyu Liu, Caitlin K Garcia, Sarah C Correa, Quinton J Cox, Francisco M Vargas "Indirect Method: A Novel Technique for Experimental Determination of Asphaltene Precipitation." Energy & FuelsIn Press

 
 

R. Miri, S. Zendehboudi, S. Kord, F.M. Vargas, A. Lohi, A. Elkamel, I. Chatzis "Experimental and Numerical Modeling Study of Gravity Drainage Considering Asphaltene Deposition." Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 53 (2014) : 11512-11526.

 
 

R. Pal and F.M. Vargas "On the interpretation of viscosity data of suspensions of asphaltene nano-aggregates." The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, 92 (2014) : 573-577.

 
 

M. Tavakkoli, S.R.Panuganti, F.M. Vargas, V. Taghikhani, M.R. Pishvaie and W.G. Chapman "Asphaltene Deposition in Different Depositing Environments: Part 1. Model Oil." Energy & Fuels, 28 (2013) : 1617-1628.In Press

 
 

Q. Ge, Y.F. Yap, F.M. Vargas, M. Zhang and J.C. Chai "Numerical Modeling of Asphaltene Deposition." Computational Thermal Sciences: An International Journal, 5 (2013) : 153-163.

 
 

S. Punnapala, F.M. Vargas "Revisiting the PC-SAFT Characterization Procedure for an Improved Asphaltene Precipitation Prediction." 

 
 

S.R. Panuganti, F.M. Vargas and W.G. Chapman "Property Scaling Relations for Nonpolar Hydrocarbons." 

 
 

S.R. Panuganti, M. Tavakkoli, F.M. Vargas, D.L. Gonzalez and W.G. Chapman "SAFT Model for Upstream Asphaltene Applications." 

 
 

Y.F. Yap, F.M. Vargas, J.C. Chai "A Level-Set Method for Convective-Diffusive Particle Deposition." Applied Mathematical Modelling, 37 (2013) : 5245-5259.

 
 Book chapters
 

M. Tavakkoli, M. Boggara, M. Garcia and F.M. Vargas "Advances in understanding, predicting and mitigating asphaltene deposition during oil production." Exploration and Production of Petroleum and Natural GasIn Revision

 
 

S. Punnapala, F.M. Vargas and A. Elkamel "Parameter Estimation in Phase Equilibria Calculations using Multi-Objective Evolutionary Algorithms." 

 
 Refereed conference papers
 

A. AlHammadi, F.M. Vargas, W.G. Chapman "Evaluation of Methods for Modeling Asphaltene Phase Behavior." 2014 International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling

 
 

A. Goharzadeh, Y. Zhuang, Y.J. Lin, Y.F. Yap, J.C. Chai, N. Mathew, F.M. Vargas, S.L. Biswal "3D Measurements of Asphaltene Deposition in a Transparent Mini-Channel." 2014 International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling

 
 

A. Goharzadeh, Y. Zhuang, Y.Y. Fatt, J.C. Chai, N. Mathew, F.M. Vargas, S.L. Biswal "Experimental Investigation of Asphaltene Deposition in a transparent mini-channel." 10th International Conference on Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics (2014)

 
 

C. Sisco, R. Evangelista, M. Boggara, F.M. Vargas "PVT Modeling of Crude Oils: Proposal and Evaluation of New PC-SAFT Characterization Procedure." 2014 International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling

 
 

F.M. Vargas, M. Tavakkoli, M. Boggara, M. Garcia, R. Evangelista, A. Melendez, F. Wang, C. Sisco, N. Mathew, S. Prasad, M. Al Rashed, H. Al Asafen, A. Khaleel, M. Abutaqiya, S. Punnapala "Advances in Understanding Asphaltene Precipitation and Deposition." 2014 International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling

 
 

F.M. Vargas, M.E. Garcia-Bermudes, M.B. Boggara "Development of Experimental and Modeling Methods to Understand Asphaltene Precipitation." 2014 AIChE Spring Meeting and 2nd International Conference on Upstream Engineering and Flow Assurance

 
 

Francisco Vargas, Miguel Garcia-Bermudes, Mohan Boggara, Sameer Punnapala, Mohammed I.L. Abutaqiya, Nevin T. Mathew, Sudha Prasad, Aisha Khaleel, Mariam Hamad Al Rashed, Hadel Yousef Al Asafen "On the Development of an Enhanced Method to Predict Asphaltene Precipitation ." OTC-25294-PT

 
 

M. Boggara, F. Wang, F.M. Vargas "On the Molecular Modeling of Solubility Parameters for Flow Assurance Applications." 2014 International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling

 
 

M. Tavakkoli, A.S. Kurup, F.M. Vargas, V. Taghikhani, W.G. Chapman "Effect of Gas Injection on Asphaltene Deposition Profile in Wellbores and Pipelines." 2014 International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling

 
 

Y. Lin, M. Tavakkoli, N. Mathew, Y. Yap, J. Chai, A. Goharzadeh, F.M. Vargas, S. L. Biswal "Probing Asphaltene Deposition Using Microfluidic Channels." 2014 International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling

 
 

Yit Fatt Yap, Afshin Goharzadeh, Francisco M Vargas, Chee Kiong John Chai "Particle Deposition in a Two-Fluid Flow Environment." Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 59

 
 Conference papers
 

S. Panuganti, M. Tavakkoli, M. Freeman, A.A. Hammadi, X. Qu, J. Wu, F.M. Vargas, V. Taghikhani and W. G. Chapman "Understanding Temperature and Asphaltene Polydispersity Effects on Deposition in Different Depositing Environments." 

 
Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
 R&D Bright Finding & Research Integration Award, ADNOC, Abu Dhabi